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Pan African reports record profit, proposes highest ever dividend  

By: Martin Creamer     15th September 2021 Gold mining company Pan African Resources on Wednesday reported record after-tax-profit, higher gold production and proposed its highest ever dividend. In the 12 months to June 30, the company, headed by CEO Cobus Loots, recorded a 12.4% increase in group gold production to 201 777 oz, a 36%... 

Mining companies launch International Mining Safety Hub to help reduce fatalities 

By: Creamer Media Reporter      15th September 2021 Various large mining companies have joined hands to launch the International Mining Safety (IMS) Hub – an online hub of industry-endorsed visual safety tools that allow for greater learning opportunities and improved safety for all levels of employees. "This is a collaboration by industry, for... 

A photo of a mineworker in a South African underground mine

Miner dies in Qld coal mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     15th September 2021 Mining contractor Mastermyne on Wednesday confirmed that a worker was fatally injured in an underground incident at the Gregory Crinum coal mine, in Queensland. News services reported overnight that one man had died and two others had been taken to hospital after a section of the Sojitz-owned... 

National collaboration essential to win share of green hydrogen market, say debaters  

By: Martin Creamer     13th September 2021 South Africa’s early mover advantage in green hydrogen would fade and become ineffective over time without a collaborative, collective and holistic national approach that assures the export of green hydrogen over and above its domestic use. That was the strong message that came across in the... 

Screenshot taken by Creamer Media during debate on green hydrogen.
Hydrogen Economy Discussion covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Plans unfolding to rail manganese more efficiently – ARM 

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2021 Diversified mining company African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is looking to upgrading its private rail siding from 60 t to 100 t rail wagons so that it can transport manganese ore to the Port of Saldanha in a much more efficient way. Currently, the private rail siding at the Black Rock mine in the... 

Screenshot of Andre Jourbert of ARM taken during presentation of FY2021 results.
Photo by Creamer Media
ARM Ferrous CE Andre Joubert

Platinum demand strengthening – WPIC  

By: Martin Creamer     9th September 2021 Platinum demand appears to be strengthening on increased loadings, particularly in China’s strong-selling heavy-duty vehicles, more substitution of palladium by platinum, and greater investor interest, particularly with platinum’s links to the hydrogen economy. That is an overall outlook summary... 

Pic of WpIC research head
Platinum demand strengthening – WPIC

Guinea mining exploration firms seek to reassure investors after coup

By: Reuters     7th September 2021 Australian-listed bauxite and gold exploration firms Lindian Resources and Polymetals Resources said on Tuesday that their activities in Guinea were unaffected by a coup. The overthrow of President Alpha Conde triggered concerns about supplies of bauxite, or aluminium ore, from Guinea, the... 

Botswana copper miner Khoemacau giving attention to ESG silver lining  

By: Martin Creamer     7th September 2021 Khoemacau Copper Mining of Botswana, which is ramping up to nameplate throughput of 3.65-million tonnes a year, is also giving attention to environmental social and governance (ESG) matters that include considerable renewable energy generation and promising community development initiatives. In... 

Picture from Cupric Canyon Capital and Khoemacau Copper Mining CEO Johan Ferreira
Cupric Canyon Capital CEO Johan Ferreira interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Prominent Hill halted by fatality

By: Esmarie Iannucci     6th September 2021 Operations at the Prominent Hill copper mine, in South Australia, have been temporarily suspended following a fatality over the weekend. ASX-listed Oz Minerals on Monday confirmed that an underground contractor was fatally injured at the mine on Sunday afternoon. 

Implats studying three new projects as three approved projects get under way  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd September 2021 Platinum group metals mining and marketing company Implats is studying three new projects at the same time as three already approved projects get under way at a combined capital expenditure of close to R12-billion, Implats CEO Nico Muller has announced. During this week’s presentation of record... 

Picture of Implats CEO Nico Muller provided by Implats
Implats record financial results presentation covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Location tech adds real value

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Since the installation of a real-time intelligent location system – developed by global location technology platform company Quuppa – the mine in which it has been installed has reported a reduction in downtime and an uptick in productivity, communications device provider Ya Batho tells Mining... 

A black xox or tag manufactured by Quuppa and installed by Ya Batho measures real time positioning in a manganese mine in South Africa
TAG YOU'RE IT The Quuppa positioning tags are installed at critical points through out the mine for fast and effective position monitoring

New contracts awarded to services provider

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 A division of Vereeniging-based furnace and industrial services provider Dickinson Group of Companies, Dickinson Copperbelt Services (DCS), has successfully established new contracts with two separate copper smelting plants in the Kolwezi district, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “The... 

An image of a large red truck fitted with vacuum pump and tank used for acid plant sludge spillage recovery
PUMP N' DUMP TRUCK Dickinson Copperbelt Services has secured the contracts for industrial services at two new copper plants in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Supplier keeps up with tech revolution

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Based on its BlueTechnology philosophy, metallurgical industry supplier SMS group has significantly broadened its expertise in processing, supplies and services for nonferrous metals production over the past year to meet the highest requirements of customers. “BlueTechnology in nonferrous metals... 

Three BlueSmelters supplied by SMS group in operation at Aurus automobile company in Russia for recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment
BLUE GROUP SMS group has implemented its range of BlueTechnology offerings at a greenfield plant in Russia for the recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment

Unique refinery concept enters first phase 

By: Halima Frost     3rd September 2021 Global industry body the International Zinc Association (IZA) Africa desk spokesperson Simon Norton says the first phase of its “bold plan” to implement South Africa’s own zinc refinery has started. This includes raising the much-needed funding for the research phase, he stresses. 

A drone image of the Skorpion zinc refinery in Namibia which South Africa imports zinc from according to the IZA Africa Desk
The International Zink Association African Desk spokesperson Simon Norton discusses the concept of a new zinc smelter with ultra-low power consumption and a novel smelting process in South Africa.

NUM calls for investigations following two mine fatalities

By: Marleny Arnoldi     2nd September 2021 The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has advised of two fatalities having occurred in the mining industry on September 1. The first being one at Harmony Gold’s Mponeng mine, in Gauteng, owing to a fall-of-ground incident, and the second at African Rainbow Minerals’ Two Rivers mine, in... 

Harmony planning further 73 MW of green electricity generation  

By: Martin Creamer     1st September 2021 Like everybody else, we’re on the verge of now starting to build our renewable energy plants. That is the latest news on the decarbonisation front from Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp, who spoke to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview. (Also watch attached Creamer Media video.) 

Screenshot of Peter Steenkamp of Harmony during one-on-one Zoom interview
Harmony Gold CEO Peter Steenkamp interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Real-time ore analysis set for African market

By: Halima Frost     27th August 2021 Digital mining solutions provider MineSense is establishing offices in Africa and Europe to introduce its real-time ore analysis technologies to the African Copperbelt by the fourth quarter. “Once we have successfully introduced the technology to the upper Africa region, we intend on filtering... 

An image of a large red tracked front loader at the mine face with bucket full of ore ready to be graded by a ShovelSense system
Caption: GRADE EXPECTATIONS The new ShovelSense ore grading technology is expected to reach African shores before the end of the year

Metallurgical tests prove profitable

27th August 2021 Gold mining company African Gold Group in July announced the final metallurgical test results from its comprehensive sulphide testwork programme, which incorporated variability testing to determine the optimal process route of the ore across the extent of the orebody at its Kobada mine in Mali.... 

Gold nuggets on wooden table Shutterstock image
GOING FOR GOLD New results have reported a better than predicted recovery at the Kobada gold mine

More than 120 000 mineworkers now vaccinated

By: Simone Liedtke     25th August 2021 The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy has welcomed the vaccination of more than 120 000 mineworkers, or about 20% of the sector’s employees, against Covid-19.   Collectively, the sector employs about 452 000 workers. The committee was on August 25 briefed by the Minerals Council... 

With Richards Bay Minerals operations resuming is there still hope for Zulti South? 

By: Martin Creamer     24th August 2021 Diversified mining company Rio Tinto announced on Tuesday that it had commenced the process of restarting operations at Richards Bay Minerals, in KwaZulu-Natal. This follows a stabilisation of the security situation around the mine, supported by the national and provincial government, as well as... 

A picture showing flaming mineral sands metals at Richards Bay Minerals in KwaZulu-Natal.
Activity at Richards Bay Minerals.

Resources Watch  

24th August 2021 This week: Omnia firmly in a growth phase following restructuring; Thungela speedy in putting R6m into trust for communities around its coal mines; and, Marikana massacre commemorated with second yearly memorial lecture 

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Resources Watch

Construction of 40 MW South Deep solar plant under way – Gold Fields  

By: Martin Creamer     20th August 2021 The construction of the 40 MW solar power plant at South Deep gold mine in Gauteng is under way. “We’ll deliver South Deep’s solar plant in the second quarter of next year,” Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith said during Gold Fields presentation of the dividend-enhanced, 33%-higher half-year... 

Screenshot of Chris Griffith taken during online Gold Fields presentation in August 2021.
Gold Fields presentation of half-year results covered by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Sexual harassment rife in mine camps, Western Australian inquiry finds

By: Reuters     20th August 2021 Sexual harassment is rife at mining camps in Western Australia, with firms across the industry reporting multiple complaints that have led to 48 staff being fired by the world's biggest, BHP, since 2019, submissions to a government inquiry showed. The inquiry was initiated after high-profile... 

World-first plant supplied

20th August 2021 Metallurgical industry plant supplier SMS group last month announced that it had supplied a world-first greenfield e-scrap recycling plant for precious metals to plastics recycling giant Ecopolis Corporation. Following a multi-month commissioning phase, SMS group handed over a greenfield... 

A stock image of electronic waste
ONE MAN'S TRASH Precious metals such as platinum can now be extracted from waste materials at a luxury car manufacturer in Russia

Portable rig being tested for platinum mining

20th August 2021 Drilling technology and services provider Rosond has announced that it is in the process of testing a new, portable diamond drill rig to get around potholes in platinum mining. A comparative study, to assess drill performance efficiency and safety, between the traditional drill unit and the... 

Rosond Director Carlos Da Silva sat at a desk discusses Platinum Group Metals
CARLOS DA SILVA Potholes present several significant challenges from a safety, quality, cost, logistical and mine design perspective

Use of recycled copper components limits costs

By: Halima Frost     20th August 2021 South Africa-based foundry and engineering company Thos Begbie has successfully manufactured and supplied recycled copper cast components to a platinum group metals (PGMs) smelter near Rustenburg, in the North West, over the past three months. About 115 000 kg of raw copper and 6 500 kg of... 

Thos Begbie manufacturing a copper inline arc furnace component from recycled copper
THROWING COPPER Thos Begbie has taken to recycling copper to decrease costs and increase lead times on its components

PGMs help keep economy afloat

By: Halima Frost     20th August 2021 Market research company Frost & Sullivan Africa consultant Yaa Agyare-Dwomoh tells Mining Weekly that even though Covid-19 has negatively affected the majority of industries in South Africa, the mining industry proved to be relatively resilient, with mining companies enjoying increased gains. She... 

Raw platinum being held in a white glove, image from Bloomberg
HAND OUTS Owing to the positive impact the platinum sector has had even during the Covid-19 pandemic, the economy has needed less assistance than anticipated

Sustainable management imperative for mining

20th August 2021 Effective and efficient water management is a key aspect of all mining operations and is often one of the single most important considerations for developing an environmentally safe and sustainable mining project, say consulting engineering firm Knight Piésold Southern Africa senior... 

Headway made into improved representation of women in mining – Minerals Council

By: Donna Slater     19th August 2021 In marking its second National Day of Women in Mining on August 19, the Minerals Council South African and the Women in Mining Leadership Forum (WiMLF) initiative say they have made inroads into better representation of women in the mining industry. The first National Day of Women in Mining held... 

Vedanta vaccinates 450 people

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th August 2021 Vedanta Zinc International has hosted two mass Covid-19 vaccination drives in Aggeneys, in the Northern Cape, near its zinc operations. The first vaccination drive was to celebrate Mandela Day, which occurs yearly on July 18, followed by a three-day follow-up drive to ensure a wider reach.  

Vedanta vaccination drive, in Aggeneys
Vedanta vaccination drive, in Aggeneys

About 22% of Minerals Council members’ employees vaccinated thus far 

By: Simone Liedtke     18th August 2021 As of August 17, Minerals Council South Africa member companies have vaccinated 105 927 employees. This represents around 22% of mining employees and contractors. 

Pic/Image of Covid-19 vaccine bottles.

Marikana massacre commemorated with second yearly memorial lecture  

By: Donna Slater     17th August 2021 The interdependence between business and stakeholders has never been more critical, nor has the need for collaboration to learn from past events and ensure they are never repeated, Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman said during the second yearly Marikana Memorial Lecture, on August 17. The... 

An image of Neal Froneman, the CEO of Sibanye-Stillwater
Marikana remembered with second memorial lecture

South Africa on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says new SAIMM president  

By: Martin Creamer     17th August 2021 South Africa is on verge of nice breakthroughs in hydrogen, says newly elected Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) president Isabel Geldenhuys. Speaking to Mining Weekly in a Zoom interview, Geldenhuys expressed the view that all the big mines with big moving machinery... 

An image of new SAIMM president Isabel Geldenhuys
South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy president Isabel Geldenhuys interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

SAIMM remembers Navin Singh

By: Donna Slater     17th August 2021 The mining career of Mandela Mining Precinct developer, Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) fellow and, most recently, Kumba Iron Ore’s head of technology, Navin Singh has been celebrated by the SAIMM after he died on July 12. Singh, who was with the SAIMM since 2018, was... 

An image of Navin Singh
Navin Singh

Thungela speedy in putting R6m into trust for communities around its coal mines  

By: Martin Creamer     16th August 2021 With the new Thungela Resources only months old, the JSE- and London-listed coal mining company has already put an initial R6-million into a trust for the benefit of the communities living around its coal mining operations. The first distribution to the Community Partnership Plan was made on June... 

Screenshot taken by Creamer Media of July Ndolvu during August 2021 presentation of results.
Thungela CEO July Ndlovu interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Thermal coal price recovery buoys Thungela maiden interim  

By: Martin Creamer     13th August 2021 New coal mining company Thungela Resources on Friday reported interim results for the six months ended June 30 after one month of operating as an independent business. Thungela generated half-year operating profit of R990-million, adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and... 

Picutre of Thungel CEO provided by Thungela
Thungela CEO July Ndlovu

Wireless infrastructure, location systems beneficial for mines

By: Cameron Mackay     13th August 2021 Real-time data access for underground mines has traditionally been a challenge in South Africa, with the lack of broadband networks and the nature of mining contributing to this challenge. The implementation of wireless networks in underground mines by mining equipment supplier Ya Batho is... 

Explosives company puts stamp on underground mining

13th August 2021 Years of innovation and experience in the underground space have now positioned explosives manufacturer and supplier BME – part of the JSE-listed Omnia Group – as an important player in mines where low-profile, bord-and-pillar mining methods are employed. As a blasting and explosives leader in... 

BME's emulsion pumping technology in underground mine
TRIED-AND-TESTED FOR UNDERGROUND BME’s emulsion pumping technology for underground operations is an important focus for the company
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